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that the administration is suspending $800 million in aid to pakistan's military. the goal is to pressure pakistan to fight militants more effectively and to stop elements of pakistan's military from backing the taliban in afghanistan. all of this, one more sign of the growing tensions between the u.s. a a pakistan. >>> as all of this debate over spending plays out in washington, in towns across this country, millions of americans just want to find a job. tonight, another stunning number behind the new and rising unemployment figures. it now takes an average of ten months to find a job, the longest ever. millions of americans now have only food stamps to get by, and those benefits kick in once a month at midnight. and it's created a new shopper in this country. the families heading out in darkness to get their food. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> looks like it's ready. >> reporter: we spent more than a month following leslie benson and her family. she was laid off from her job as a corporate health care administrator two years ago. her unemployment has run out. and the state gives her just $97 in
of military assistance to pakistan. now it says it's holding back more than one-third of that amount. $800 million. some of the aid is thought to be in the form of equipment and training by u.s. personnel. the rest, payments for pakistani troops deployed along the afghan border. america trains the troops that work here. but amid growing tension. pakistan expelled some u.s. military trainers recently and has threatened to close cia bases. if america's using military aid to encourage cooperation, will it work? >> assistance is given to big influence. and by doing this, washington is actually going to be left without any influence with the pakistan army and with the people of pakistan because this will be seen as a munativepunitive action which is meant to punish pakistan rather than provide an incentive for cooperation. >> reporter: here, officicls say this i inot a change in policy. that's a long-term relationship between the countries is important. remember, america needs pakistan to help fight the taliban. to do that, pakistan needs america's money. bbc news, washington. >
he believes the new leader of al qaeda, ayman al zazahiri, is living in the tribal areas of pakistan. and the al qaeda branch he's most worried about is in yemen, run by the american cleric, anwar al awlaki. the secretary has met with afghanistan's president, discussing plans to drawdown and hand control to local fofoes by 2014. general david petraeus, who will be movinininto panetta's former job as director of the cia, agreed with the assessment that al qaeda is on the run. and reinforced the call to keep pressure on all al qaeda leaders. >> you have to whack all the moles simultaneously. this is a network. you must pressure the terrorist network wherever it is. >> reporter: on the war in afghanistan, general petraeus made a bit of news today. he said for the first time in five years, last year, the number of insurgent attacks in afghanistan actually went down. david? >> david, thank you. >>> at the white house tonight, they are preparing for tomorrow's high-stakes meeting. president obama and leaders from both parties, their own sundayay roundtable, dealing with this looming debt c
based in pakistan. these latest bombs have been describe as relatively crude and possibly the work of local militants. whoever's behind them, they've shown that india's largest city is still vulnerable. caroline hawley, bbc news. >>> the president and congressional negotiators return to the debt negotiations table today after yesterday's meeting ended in confrontation. those in the meeting said that president obama announced enough is enough, we have to be willing to compromise, before walking out of the room. the moody's rating service is threatening to downgrade the nation's credit rating because of this crisis. >> both sides really locking horns. >>> new light is being shed on the problem of american kids and obesity. and two harvard doctors are weighing in. >> what they're saying about overweight children has just about everybody taking sides on this. abc's lana zach explains the controversy. >> reporter: thanks, peggy and daniel. it's really a radical idea and it's intended to get people talking about childhood obesity. in "the journal of the american medical association," two
to pakistan. the obama administration says that the decision will stand until both countries can mend their rocky relationship. some experts say that the move is unlikely to pressuree the country to cooperate anymore. >>> more troubling news about the jobss market following friday's disappointing numbers. a new survey 64 .of businesses are not planning to hire in the next year. small businesses employ about half of nation's private s stor workers. >>> first day to reserve tickets for the 9/11 memorial in new york. it opens to the public september 12th. tickets are free and you can learn more about them at 911memorial.com. >>> and an ohio man is being called a hero this morning and rightly so after saving his own son's life. abc's matt gutman has details of the father who did not hesitate to put himself in harm's way. >> reporter: 3-year-old dylan mccoy turned deadly serious on saturday. he was jumping on a rotting piece of plywood, the wood gave way and dylan plunged 40 feet. hearing terrifying screams, they lowered a ladder into the wellll but it wasn't long e
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